Episode 49: Learning How to Walk or Talk

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“When a little child is learning to walk or talk, we encourage him and praise him for every tiny improvement he makes. The child beams and eagerly tries to do better. Is this the way you encourage yourself when you are learning something new? Or do you make it harder to learn because you tell yourself that you are stupid or clumsy or a “failure”?” ~ Louise L. Hay from You Can Heal Your Life

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Learning How to Walk or Talk

“When a little child is learning to walk or talk, we encourage him and praise him for every tiny improvement he makes. The child beams and eagerly tries to do better. Is this the way you encourage yourself when you are learning something new? Or do you make it harder to learn because you tell yourself that you are stupid or clumsy or a “failure”?” ~ Louise L. Hay from You Can Heal Your Life

This is one of THE coolest ways to approach learning.

Imagine yourself as a little child, first learning how to walk or talk.

* squeezes cheeks *

You’re such a little cutey!!! :)

Alright. Back to bizness. So, you’re this adorable little diaper-wearing angel GIDDILY pushing your edges and falling down and trying again and LAUGHING while you “fail.” Only, you don’t see it as failure because, among other things: a) you’re having way too much fun doing something just a little better than you did a moment before; and, b) that part of your brain that processes thoughts like that hasn’t even developed yet so you’re back to intuitively rockin’ it and, of course, learning REMARKABLY quickly.

Alright. Scenario 2. You’re still in your diapers. Only, this time, bring your current mind. Now learn how to walk. Or talk.

... Good luck with that.

How about a quick look at your internal dialogue?

OMG! Did anyone see that?!? I just fell AGAIN. GAH!!! That’s at LEAST the 5th time this morning I fell. This just isn’t happening. I feel like SUCH an idiot. And that OTHER kid over there is *totally* rockin’ it and he’s like a month younger than me. Forget it. This sucks. I’m just not cut out for this. But no need to be attached to results. Breathe. Oh, whatever. I need a nap.”

Too fun. Seriously though. What if we embraced our spiritual evolution/personal development (and EVERY skill we’re developing--whether it’s parenting or relationships or ...) with the same innocent joy with which we approached learning to walk?!?

AND, what if we treated our friends with the same “bust-out-the-video-camera-cuz-Susy-just-almost-crawled-in-her-relationship” celebrative support we offer our kids when they’re rockin’ a new skill?

THAT’s a sweet world. Let’s create it. (Starting with ourselves, of course. :)

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